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Alfred Stanley Levinson ’54, December 10, 2008, in Portland. Al received his BA from Reed in chemistry, and then entered the master's program in chemistry at Wesleyan University. “I had had no intentions of going to grad school up to that point, but Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79] helped me make up my mind and I went.” In 1958, he married Amy Perlson Levinson ’54 and went to Indiana University for graduate work. Their two daughters, Rebecca and Ellen E. Levinson ’84, were born during the time that Al completed his doctorate and postdoctorate work in chemistry and Amy had a full-time position in microbiology. In 1963, he joined the faculty of Portland State College. He retired as professor emeritus of organic chemistry in 1994. Survivors include daughter Ellen; a son; and his cousin, Toinette H. Menashe MALS ’72.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2009

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